I’m back again! Yes, this is Vanessa and no I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I know I said awhile back that I was going to post more, but what can I say? Life can be a little all consuming at times. The good news is, I should have more free time now because I graduated a little over a week ago!! After 19 years as a student, I’m FINALLY done 😀 And the best part of all was that I finished my final semester with 2 A’s and a B despite moving and working 40-45 hours a week. I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to academics, so I was especially proud of my final grades. Then, a week after my graduation, my brother graduated from Purdue. No, we’re not twins. But I guess this is my one chance to know what it’s like to have a twin! Haha.
I was so glad Alex’s graduation fell so closely to mine, because I couldn’t have made it back up to indiana right away if it had been a couple weeks later. So I got to spend a little over a week in Indiana with my family and got to see my brother graduate. After Alex’s commencement, we drove to Indianapolis. I had to be in Indianapolis Sunday afternoon anyway for my flight back to Virginia, and this way we got to have dinner at one of my brother’s favorite restaurants (St. Elmo’s for any Indiana people who are reading) and have Sunday brunch for Mother’s Day. I miss them so much and it was great getting to spend so much time with all of them.
I’ll be honest, graduation was not what I expected. Thanks to a few unexpected set backs, I was in college for 6 years. And while I love learning, I hate due dates, tests, quizzes, and annoying professors. So I couldn’t wait to graduate and I never imagined I’d be anything but relieved when it was over. Then it started to sink in…something that has been a part of my life for basically as long as I can remember is over, and I can’t get that time back. Even though I technically entered the “real world” back in February when I moved to Virginia and started working full time, I can’t stop thinking about what someone told me when I graduated high school, “College is like the real world with a safety net.” Well, that safety net is gone now. Maybe someday there will be a generation that will listen to their elders when they warn them not to grow up too fast!